By Lee Rennick
They are the friends who brought the two of you together, the fraternity brother who made you laugh after you flunked your first psych test, the cousin who helped you through hard times, and the sister who has been with you from day one. These are the members of your bridal party. They are the people who will stand up with you on your wedding day. How better to say thank you for being there in the past and now than a small thoughtful gift.
You can never go wrong with classic gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. These gifts have a sense of Southern tradition and elegance. For the gentlemen, a set of engraved Salisbury Pewter mint julep cups paired with a fifth of small batch bourbon. These cups are available at The Peddler.
Other classic gentleman’s gifts, available at The Peddler, are flasks from Reed and Barton and Bay Berk. They can be found in silver plate and stainless steel, respectively.
For the ladies, the experts at The Peddler suggest getting each bridesmaid a crystal perfume bottle filled with her favorite perfume.
Silk scarves are making a comeback on the fashion scene this year, but they never really go out of style. Find one to match the personality of each bridesmaid.
For the Wedding
Some brides want to insure that their attendants have matching jewelry. Earrings, necklaces, and bracelets are always a great choice. Bella’s on the square has an assortment of earrings by Sorelli that are popular with brides. And Trendy Pieces carries the popular stone and crystal bracelets by Ermish. Peddler and Bell’s Jewelers offer simple and beautiful necklaces with just the right amount of sparkle. LaFonn, found at The Peddler, offers an assortment of bar and drop pendant necklaces.
Bell Jewelers also offers a fashionable selection of cufflinks for the guys. Personalize each pair with the groomsmen’s monograms. They feature a STEL jewelry collection for men created by IB Goodman, which, besides cufflinks, features money clips, key chains, and link bracelets.
Injecting a little humor into your wedding with sports-related socks from Quinn’s Mercantile, whether your groomsmen prefer golf, hockey, baseball, or video games (that is a sport, right?)
After the Wedding
If you want to make sure that your gift will be useful after the wedding, grab a fun carry-all or clutch by Ink and Alloy from e. Allen. Or a Vera Bradley travel bag from Carla and Company.
Another useful gift is a box of goodies like body lotions from Sunside Farm located in McMinnville, which can be found at Homegrown Market. Add a pair of sunglasses from Quay (also at e. Allen), handmade candles from Reed and Embry on the square, and Goldleaf soaps by Thyme at Simple Pleasures.
Also available at Reed and Embry are Moscow Mule cups. The drink, made from vodka and ginger beer, was all the rage in the 1940s and is making a comeback. The copper, brass, and stainless steel lined mugs are also great for a stylish-looking beer; just pre-chill one and it will keep your beer nice and cool.
Other great gifts for the guys are available at Simple Pleasures and Carla and Company. Imported from Italy, Cuore di Pepe Nero soaps and scents are available at Simple Pleasures. Carla and Company offers Swig travel mugs. These insulated tumblers keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold.
Do It Yourself
Two businesses in Murfreesboro offer creative brides and grooms the opportunity to make something for each of their attendants. At the Pottery Place you can design a bowl, mug, or picture frame for each of your attendants. The gift will be a unique work of art that is sure to make them smile every time they use it.
Create on-trend home décor that is perfect for any home or office with hand-made farmhouse inspired signs for each member of your bridal party at Board and Brush at The Fountains. This new business provides classes and all of the necessary materials. They have close to a hundred different designs that can be personalized.
Artsy and Original
If you love art, but can’t draw a straight line, Quinn’s, Peddler, Homegrown Market, and dreamingincolor all carry fine art and fine craft; much of it from local artists. Share the love with some heart art: Love Mends, Love Reigns, and Love Lifts. Simple and modern angels, necklaces, and crosses made by Jan Barboglio are available from The Peddler. Word art by Jessica Schwendimann, who works out of Nashville, is very popular. Homegrown carries an assortment of her wall and table signs and Murfreesboro prints, or they will help you commission something just for your wedding from Schwendimann. At Dreamingincolor you will find one-of-a-kind vintage prints and new paintings by local artists.
Instead of giving a thing, give an experience: a spa day, a painting class, tickets to a sporting event, or a meal. Or take the whole group on an adventure, like river rafting. Local spas, like Nurture Nook, often offer group packages. At Painting with a Twist you can bring snacks and wine to make a party of the experience. Take your wedding party to a MTSU game. For the foodies, indulge their taste buds in Schokolade chocolates from Quinn’s.
Make It Green
Share your green thumb by giving the gift of easy care plants in a cute pot. Bella’s and Homegrown offer several whimsical options. And for those whose thumbs are not green, both locations carry faux succulents that only require dusting every so often.
For the Kids
Reeves Sain is a great place to go for gifts for the junior members of the bridal party. They have books, cute stuffed animals, activity kits, and a new line of jewelry made just for little girls that offers sparkly bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. At Homegrown Market, there are weaving kits from Black Sheer Goods allowing the user to create an inventive wall hanging.